Study links exposure to common pesticide with ADHD in boys

A new study links a commonly used household pesticide with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and young teens.
The study found an association between pyrethroid pesticide exposure and
ADHD, particularly in terms of hyperactivity and impulsivity, rather
than inattentiveness. The association was stronger in boys than in
The study, led by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, is published online in the journal Environmental Health.
"Given the growing use of pyrethroid pesticides and the perception that
they may represent a safe alternative, our findings may be of
considerable public health importance," says Tanya Froehlich, MD, a
developmental pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's and the study's
corresponding author.

Environmental Health paper
Association of pyrethroid pesticide exposure with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a nationally representative sample of U.S. children.

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